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Which MLS head coaches are on the hot seat ahead of the 2024 season?

Gerardo Martino

Although a ball hasn’t been kicked in the 2024 season, there are already a handful of coaches who are under pressure to deliver results with their respective clubs.

There are several bosses on the list who’ve already won a trophy at their club, but that won’t be enough to satisfy certain ownership groups that heavily invest as well as having star players in the squad. Others have shown promise with their clubs but have yet to win anything.

Here are five coaches who are on the hot seat ahead of the 2024 MLS season.

Gerardo Martino

Martino is expected to deliver more silverware this season / Rich Storry/GettyImages

This might seem far-fetched at first, but when it’s broken down, it actually makes a lot of sense.

For starters, Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino doesn’t usually stay in one place for too long. Prior to joining Miami, he was with the Mexican national team for three years, with Atlanta United for two seasons and with Barcelona for just one season.

Martino delivered silverware roughly two months after taking the reigns at Miami in the form of Leagues Cup. But there’s no getting around the fact that managing a club with a global presence like the Herons comes at a price: Being expected to win every trophy possible with a player like Lionel Messi in your squad.

Another point to consider is that Martino’s side looked all over the place in the Herons’ international tour – but it was just preseason friendlies, right? Hopefully, for Martino’s sake, Miami can knock the rust off in time for their season opener.

Nick Cushing

Nick Cushing’s NYCFC have regressed in the last two seasons / Ira L. Black – Corbis/GettyImages

Like Martino, Nick Cushing has delivered silverware – 2022 Campeones Cup – but was unable to right the ship in 2023 as his side finished in 11th place in the Eastern Conference with 41 points.

NYCFC nearly clawed their way into a playoff position, but it was too little too late. A club as big as NYCFC, who are part of the City Football Group, can’t afford to be left out of the playoffs for a second straight season.

Cushing has managed a 21W-19D-24L record since taking over as interim boss back in the summer of 2022. He guided the Boys in Blue to a third place finish in 2022, but another regular season failure could see him lose his position in the Big Apple.

Gary Smith

Nashville SC have yet to lift a trophy under Smith / Bill Barrett/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Gary Smith has done a great job as the first head coach in Nashville SC’s history. But the ownership can’t let their emotions and nostalgia…

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